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Netcong Resident Marks 50 Years Of Making Beautiful Music

By Elsie Walker hen Henry Repp of Netcong was five years old, he got the major role of Joseph in the Rockaway Presbyterian Church’s Christmas pageant. However, he soon found himself distracted. “I was more interested in what the organist was doing than playing the part of Joseph,” he says. “Her name was Janet Fisher, and she was my first inspiration on playing the

organ. I couldn't really see the pedals from where I was. So the next week, I sat in the balcony so I could really see. When I got home that day, I used the radiator as my ‘pedal board’ to practice my pedal technique.” What sparked that childhood interest would lead to a career which so far has spanned a remarkable 50 years. Earlier this month, Repp marked his 50th anniversary as a church organist at the First Methodist Church of Newton, where he is now director of music/organist. Repp has played at a variety of venues. The most interesting of which might be the one where he got his start. “He began his organ career in jail,” said Repp’s wife Barbara. “He played for Sunday Mass at the Morris County jail.” In contrast, most of Repp’s other venues have been playing for churches and choral groups, many times taking on the role of choral director. First as an organist and then in his dual role, Repp has developed a loyal following which appreciates his talents. “I have known Henry 30 plus years,” said Barbara Landini of Randolph. “Henry came to our congregation, First Memorial Presbyterian Church in Dover, as church organist. It was apparent from the beginning that Henry was truly gifted. I participated in several presentations when Henry was organist or organist/director. It has been pure pleasure to watch as Henry has expanded his talent to include choral works. The choral works performed at the Reformed Church in Peapack/Gladstone and now in Newton, have been extraordinary.” Ted Anderson of Stockholm said that he’s performed with Repp more times than he can count and admires the way that Repp easily wears two hats. Anderson shared, “I retired from 35 years singing and recording with the Gregg Smith Singers in New York City in 2001,but wished to continue singing

chorally. I first worked with Henry in one of his early Sussex County Oratorio concerts. Then sang in his church choir at Peakpack-Gladstone for 11 years. It is truly amazing anyone can play the organ so well while still conducting a choral group. That is no easy task! Even when he is frustrated and tries to correct errors in the choir, he always has a smile and a sense of humor about him. He also does a great variety of works which keeps me going.” For some, staying in one career or even loving it for any length of time might be a challenge. However, it has never been like that for Repp. “Once I began my organ career, I never had a desire to do anything else,” he said. “Playing the organ is my life. I enjoy playing solo organ as well as working with choirs and continued on page 4


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Netcong Elementary School Students Participate In Awareness Activities

his year, Netcong Elementary School students will participate in several activities over the course of these two weeks to increase their awareness on school violence and tolerance for those who are different. Some of the activities that will take place during the Week of Respect are: Random Acts of Kindness Day, Wear Blue to Stomp Out Bullying Day, Create a Human Rainbow and Celebrate your Culture Day. Teachers were provided with links to videos as springboards for discussion on why it is important to respect and embrace all human beings. “With social media and cell phones with video capability available to most everyone, it is more important now than ever before that students are taught why it is important to respect individuals regardless of their differences,” said Netcong Elementary School’s Assistant Principal, Kathleen Walsh “Students have the ability to post things on social media as a ‘joke’ and sometimes do not realize the repercussions of their actions in doing so. We all need to embrace other human beings and celebrate what makes us

unique rather than bringing each other down because we might be different.” One of the new activities that Walsh brought in this year for Week of Respect was The NED Show, a free interactive show for students using a narrative, a yo-yo and magic tricks. The acronym stands for “Never Give Up; Encourage Others; and Do Your Best” which goes well with the tenets of Week of Respect. During School Violence Awareness Week, students will participate in various activities including using tootsie roll pops to teach tolerance, creating a peace space, human bingo, and the torn heart. “Raising awareness regarding school violence is key to eradicating violence in our schools,” says Walsh. “Every child, adolescent, and teenager deserves to be in a safe environment where they are comfortable learning. It is my hope that as we continue to educate our students about topics like school violence that we will empower them to take a stand against supporting violent behavior in our schools and stand up and make the right decisions in difficult situations they

Netcong Elementary School Staff and Students create a “Human Rainbow” to show that we all respect each other’s differences.

may encounter.” Students at Netcong will also participate in Red Ribbon Week which will take place between Oct. 23 to Oct. 31. Members of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Club along with their moderators, Danielle Painter and Jane Morin came up with spirit days to raise awareness on making good choices and not succumbing to peer

pressure when it comes to doing drugs or drinking alcohol. “Our goal as educators is to increase students’ awareness about the dangers of drugs and alcohol and provide the students in our school with the tools they need to make positive and healthy choices in their lives,” said Morin in a statement.

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Hopatcong Implements 1:1 Chromebook Initiative

n an effort to further infuse technology into the curricula, the Hopatcong Borough School District has implemented a 1:1 Chromebook initiative for all students in grades four through twelve. The purchase of additional Chromebooks for students in grade three is already in progress. District faculty members assigned to these grades have also received a Chromebook

and training sessions to become familiar with resources and programs that are now more easily available electronically. Students and staff will have access to their Chromebooks around the clock and are permitted to use the devices outside of school. With access to a Chromebook and the ability to connect via a wireless environment, students and teachers will actively

participate in the utilization of media and social networks and be engaged in problembased learning incorporating arts infusion. The devices will enable more students to have access to technology and the supporting resources, eliminating the digital divide. Chromebooks are supported by the Google platform. Students were provided with a district email with a Google domain during the 2015-2016 school year while district employees have been utilizing district issued Gmail accounts for several years. Many teachers have switched to using Google Classroom to manage assignments and engage students in interactive learning. Teachers will be able to differentiate instruction more effectively and proactively


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soloists.” Repp began his organ studies with Alfred Mayer of Morristown and continued with Dorothe Lanning at First Memorial Presbyterian in Dover, where he was later organist for 13 years and began his many years of playing Messiah. Repp pursued advanced study with Robert MacDonald at the Riverside Church in New York City and the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark. Repp was accompanist for the Sussex County Oratorio Society for 11 years and also played for the Livingston Festival Choir Concerts and the Livingston Broadway Show Tunes Revues. He has performed numerous organ concerts on a variety of organs including those at St. Thomas Church in Manhattan and the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark. He was affiliated with the Pike County Choral Society for ten years. In 1984, Repp accepted the position of organist/choir director at Peapack Reformed Church in Gladstone where he served for 29 years. He founded the Peapack Reformed

Church Community Choir which presented a special musical program annually on Palm Sunday afternoon. In 2012, Repp became director of music and organist at First United Methodist Church in Newton. When asked what is his favorite piece, he’ll tell you that he has too many to name; however, he does have a favorite composter. “I have always admired Louis Vierne,” he says. “I not only love his music, but I admire his determination and what he had to go through to write the music down. He was blind, and it took a great deal of effort to get his compositions onto paper. It was not the age of technology. He died in 1937 when he was 60 plus years of age. He was the organist at Notre Dame in Paris and died on the organ bench during a concert,” said Repp. One wonders if Repp might also admire Vierne because of his dedication, a quality Virne and Repp share. Those who have worked with Repp appreciate his dedication to music excellence and his giving spirit in working with singers. Christina Buck of Dover, a soprano, commented, “Henry expects the very best from

his performers and from himself. He works so hard to get the expression that he desires from his singers. Every muscle that he moves, while he accompanies us on the organ, is aimed at perfecting our sound.” Another soprano, Cassandra Lambros, of Warren, echoes that sentiment. “Henry is one of the most incredible musicians I have ever met. He is exceedingly talented! He

knows so much and imparts much knowledge to all of us. He helps us to become, through his directing, the best musicians we can be.” Repp’s next concert, choir and organ, is in November. It is "Lord Nelson Mass" by Haydn on Sun., Nov. 13, at 4 p.m. at First United Methodist in Newton. A free will offering will be taken.


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Students Reflect Week Of Respect In Hopatcong the opportunity to write down the Random Acts of Kindness they saw throughout the day. On Wed., the elementary schools showed their support by wearing neon colors to highlight the students who take a stand against bullying. In the high school students signed a pledge to be respectful towards others – to “be an upstander not a bystander” and to “say no to cyber bullying.” Thur. was Go-Green Day where students


opatcong Schools united with schools across Sussex County again this year to celebrate the Week of Respect. Throughout the week a variety of programs were arranged to encourage positive behaviors and to support anti-bullying. On Mon., Oct. 3, also known as World Anti-Bullying Day, all schools in the dis-


were encouraged to respect the environment and assist with the pop-tab collection for the Ronald McDonald House Charities which will be an ongoing collection throughout the school year. Easy tips were posted in the HHS cafeterias to equip students with ideas on how to be more ecofriendly. To conclude Week of Respect, students and staff wore Hopatcong gear to show pride in our community!

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trict supported this cause by wearing blue. On Tue., Random Acts of Kindness Day, the guidance department at the high school had inspirational/motivational quotes posted on all restroom mirrors. Students also had the opportunity to contribute to the wall of thanks -a bulletin board containing thank you notes to students and staff members. In the elementary schools students had

tanhope American Legion Post #278 Ladies Auxiliary plans to hold a Holiday Craft Show Sat., Nov. 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tables are $20 and include an eight foot table. Electrical outlets are available on a limited basis. Set-up will be at 9 a.m.

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n Thur., Sept. 29, Hopatcong Middle and High School S.T.E.A.M. students traveled to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. The trip was part of a culminating field experience in which students could have the opportunity to see the creativity and innovation of the country’s best engineers and scientists at work. A few days prior, students were invited to an evening discussion on the trip’s tour and activities with information with school educators, which were briefed by NASA via webinar. Additionally, students viewed the Smithsonian Channel Documentary, "Building Star Trek,� which depicts many of the innova-

Hopatcong Students See NASA Experts At Work that formed in the early universe. Students were also able to view and discuss with NASA engineers components of the ICESat2 Satellite, robotics asteroid redirection mission, & testing facilities. Additionally, NASA personnel were available to facilitate several hands-on mini workshops in which students experimented with laser optics, spectrum analysis, thermal dynam-

tions in technology predicted by the writers of the famous television show of the 60’s. During their visit to the Goddard Space Flight Center students were able to observe the construction of the

ics and altitude calculations. Hopatcong’s S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) program provides teaching and learning experiences outside of the typical high school curriculum that focus on imagination, inquiry, and interdisciplinary problem solving to ultimately foster more activity-based instruction.

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T Hopatcong. The Scouts of Pack 88 led a crowd of over 200 in the Pledge of Allegiance to open the ceremony.

he students in Mrs. Evan’s class are excited to announce the grand opening of The Corner Coffee Shop. The students have started their own coffee/tea business in Room 1, two mornings a week. The concept of running a business within the classroom was initiated in order to teach life skills such as: greeting customers, counting money, keeping track of supplies, advertising and learning how to make coffee/tea.

Mrs. Evans’ states, “Our first morning was a success, we made $15, and my students are looking forward to continued success with this business.” Dr. Gina Cinotti, Chief School Administrator at Netcong Elementary School, states “I am excited about this new opportunity for our students to gain real experience and build responsibility for themselves. Well done Mrs. Evans and students.”

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Life-sized Sundial Featured At Frelinghuysen Arboretum

By J. L. Shively The earliest surviving sundials can be dated back to ancient Egypt circa 1500 BC,” explains Gold Award Girl Scout Alexandra Levoyer in the sundial brochure she created to accompany her project. Originally known as “shadow clocks,” the sundial was the most reliable method for timekeeping even well into the 14th century, Levoyer writes, and sundials remain an interesting and whimsical aspect of many gardens around the world. Now a freshman at TCNJ, Levoyer designed the sundial for the Frelinghuysen Arboretum while she was a senior at Morris Country School of Technol-

toric gardens such as the Frelinghuysen Arboretum. “It took her over 100 hours to research and construct [the sundial],” explains Montgomery, going on to explain the great time and care Levoyer spent with her father in mapping out

ogy. For the project, Levoyer of Parsippany decided to create a “human sundial,” which incorporates a person as part of the sundial to tell the time. As a youth volunteer at the Arboretum for the past four years, Levoyer knew of the staff’s dream to have a sundial like this on

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true north with a compass. Levoyer also used a GPS for accuracy on the placement of the stepping stones which mark the hours. In her research about sundials, Levoyer was able to contact the American Sundial Association and get

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markers and the date-scale were cast by hand and Levoyer’s sundial also allows the user to account for Day Light Savings Time. According to Levoyer’s brochure, all sundials consist of two parts. The first part, the base plate or faceplate, is the surface which marks the hours of the day. The sun-

Like us on facebook • Tell Them You Saw It In The Musconetcong News, October 2016, Page 9 dial at the arboretum has large stepping stones to mark each hour of the day. The second part of a sundial is the gnomon, which is the vertical object which casts a shadow to mark the hour on the base plate. In the case of a human sundial, a person takes the place of the gnomon. To create an accurate marking of time with the human sundial at the Arboretum,

the person acting as the gnomon must stand on a date-scale slab according to the current month and raises an arm overhead to cast a shadow, allowing their shadow to fall on the coinciding hour stone, or between them depending on the time of day. Levoyer explains in her brochure that there are “more than seven different types of sundials” and the sundial she has created at the Arboretum is an Analemmatic sundial, which means that that the gnomon of the dial moves according to different factors throughout the year. The sundial is located near the Branch-


ing Out Children’s Garden at the Arboretum which is on the parking lot side of the garden and is approximately 12 ft. by 30 ft. Construction for the sundial took around a year to complete from its conception to its completion in May. The Arboretum held a public dedication of the sundial at that time. The Arboretum is free and open daily to the public from sunrise to sunset. For more information or for maps of the Arboretum, visit the Haggerty Education Center on the Arboretum Grounds, which is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Creative Arts Council Present Apple Pie & Art

n Sat., Sept. 24 under a beautiful autumnal sky and seasonal temperatures Apple Pie & Art occurred at Hopatcong High School from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. This event, a first for the newly created Hopatcong Creative Arts Council, was a free art show that highlighted four Sussex County professional artists, the talents of Sussex County Community College students, and artwork of Hopatcong Borough Schools from grades Kindergarten through 12th grade. Brad Guice, New York photographer whose professional career is numbered in decades, gave an in-depth slide show and talk about his commercial career as well as his humanitarian efforts that have taken him to some 70 countries. Other professionals on hand for the day were up-and-coming artist Marki Wolfson, professor at SCCC and artist Julie McWilliams, and Hopatcong High School Art teacher and professional artist Jonathan Rischawy, who raffled off an original piece to the patrons in attendance. The spectators were treated to hundreds

of pieces of original art displayed in the halls of HHS as well as live music by Vernon native Jordan Pantaleo who entertained by playing acoustic guitar and singing in the high school’s outdoor courtyard next to a lovely and educational koi pond. In addition to the art presented, children of all ages were encouraged to create art, both with an instructor, Madeline Young, and on a “Children’s Wall” mural with markers provided for passers-by to leave their mark. Vendors were located outside in the courtyard for people to pick up artsy treasures after they had their free piece of fabulous apple pie. The Hopatcong Creative Arts Council was the brainchild of Hopatcong Mayor Sylvia Petillo who assembled a group of art-loving residents within the borough and county whom she felt would bring her ideas to light. Petillo, along with her fellow HCAC members, is thrilled with the first outing and looks forward to expanding the HCAC’s calendar of events moving forward.

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Local Expert Shows NJ Parents How To Get The Most Money For Their Children’s College Education


ew Jersey parents suffering with finding ways to pay for their children’s college education can finally get the solutions to their college funding problems. Most families who earn $75,000 or more and own a home assume they are not eligible for financial aid. However, most families with income over $100,000 are actually eligible for some types of “need based” financial aid. They simply need to know how to get their fair share. According to Newell, there are several easy things parents can do to substantially increase the amount of money they get from colleges. For example, “There are several schools that historically give better financial aid packages than others,” says Newell. “If families do proper income and asset planning before filling out the forms, they can increase eligibility by thousands of dollars.” Newell offers a few simple tips to parents with college funding problems. “If a parent

has only half an hour to end their college funding problems, I would suggest the following: 1. Make sure they do not over-value their home on the financial aid forms. 2. Try not to save money in the child’s name as it weighs more heavily than the parent’s savings. 3. Don’t be afraid to negotiate with a college for a better financial aid package. Newell offers New Jersey parents with college funding problems a free booklet that explains the 9 most common college funding problems and solutions. Free copies will be distributed at the seminar listed below. Mr. Newell will be conducting a free onehour seminar for parents of college bound high school juniors and seniors at the following location: The Louise Childs Public Library, on Tues., Nov. 8th at 6:30 p.m. Reservation only! Seating is limited. Reserve your seat today by calling toll free 1800-928-8464.


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opatcong HERO Boys third season kicked off recently with 49 third through fifth grade boys from Durban Avenue and Tulsa Trail Elementary Schools commencing a seven week after school program to discover their inner hero. HERO Boys Run Club, a Maryland based non-profit, uses running and lessons from "Guest Coach Heroes" to inspire the boys to recognize their inner strength. The program teaches the boys to be brave and learn from mistakes, to work as a team and to be positive role models. The program employs track and cross country running as a tool to challenge the boys to improve their physical fitness by encour-

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24 ounces canned great northern beans, drained 8 ounces canned whole kernel corn, drained hot sauce, to taste sour cream (optional) shredded cheese (optional) chopped scallions (optional) fresh cilantro, rough chopped (optional) In large pot over mediumhigh heat, heat 1 tablespoon duck fat. Add ground duck; sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste, and 1 tablespoon cumin. Cook meat until just slightly browned, stirring occasionally to break into small pieces. Remove duck from pot and set aside. Return pot to mediumhigh burner and add remain-

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